The Washington Clay Arts Association’s Board of Directors is the legal entity responsible for the organization. The legal duties of the board are generally defined in the Washington Clay Arts Association Bylaws. The Board focuses on long-term strategic planning for the organization, financial oversight, operations, and programming. The Board consists of no less than seven and no more than twelve positions. Board Members are selected by a majority vote of the Directors.

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2019 WCA Board Members

 

Co-Presidents

Sarah Bak
Meredith Rosenfeld Chernick

 

Treasurer

Emily Facci

Secretary, Calendar Editor

Michele Yugen Lewis

Events Manager

Thomas Kayser

Thomas

Thomas

Sustainability Chair

Liz Duarte

Liz

Liz

Membership Manager

Briggs Shore

Event Logistics Officer

CJ Carter

CJ

CJ

Technology Advisor, Photographer

Sudhi Tirnahalli

Social Media Manager

Jordan Jones

Content & Communications, Website Manager

Any Guelmann


Board Members at Large

Ann Marie Cooper

Brenda Lovie

 

Seeking

Exhibitions Manager
Education Manager
Blog Manager

Past Presidents

Jordan Jones
Brenda Lovie
Deb Schwartzkopf
Allison Moore-Peel
Liz Duarte
Gary Georger
Gale Lurie
Maria Spies


Description of Roles

Co-Presidents

  • Hold the vision for the WCA and build momentum for the organization

  • Create exhibition opportunities for the membership with the support of the board

  • Organize Socials twice a year for the membership with the support of the board

  • Prepare an agenda for meetings

  • Communicate with the board on follow through on volunteer commitments and deadlines

  • Designate, on reasonable notice, the time and place of all Board meetings

  • Preside over all meetings of the membership and of the Board of Directors

  • Appoint such committees as may seem necessary or desirable and shall be an ex-officio member on all standing committees

Secretary

  • Attends all general and Board meetings

  • Keeps & maintains records of all proceedings of the Board and general meetings

  • Distributes the minutes to the Board in a timely fashion after each meeting

  • Keeps & maintains the files and records of the organization and shall perform such other duties as are incident to the office of Secretary

Treasurer

  • Is responsible for all fiscal matters of the organization, and shall maintain adequate books and records which accurately reflect the operations of the organization and its assets and liabilities

  • Prepares or causes to be prepared all quarterly, annual and such reports and/or tax forms as ordered by law

  • Reimburses expenses taken on by membership

  • Gives regular, accurate reports at membership meetings about the status of the WCA accounts/finances

Membership Manager:

  • Processes annual membership payments

  • Tracks annual membership, and reports at membership meetings

  • Manages and fulfills membership applications

  • Coordinates annual Membership Card creation and distribution with the Promotions Manager

  • Sends sponsors updated lists of WCA membership

Events Manager

  • Helps plan, organize, and implement WCA social events

  • Sends information about social events to PR, social media, newsletter outlets

  • Organizes volunteer committees for refreshments, food, party supplies, etc.

  • Works closely with Social Media, Content & Communications, Website, Blog, and Photography Managers to generate promotional content prior to event, and ensure event is properly documented

Content & Communications Manager

  • Works with Co-Presidents to define the organization's brand & voice

  • Ensures that the WCA brand & voice are carried through in all channels by working closely with Blog, Social Media, Events, and Photography Managers

  • Writes copy for events, promotions, and website

  • Designs and produces marketing/promotional materials for print (rack cards, posters, etc.) and digital use (graphics for newsletter, social media, etc.)

  • Creates and manages the WCA Newsletters and membership-wide communications

  • Creates press releases for major WCA events, and distributes to PMI/CM/WA outlets

Website Manager

  • Keeps the WCA website current, carefully edited, and growing

  • Manages and assists the volunteers responsible for the Calendar, Membership, Blog, and Events pages

Social Media Manager

  • Works closely with Events, Content & Communications, Website, and Photography Managers

  • Works to grow the WCA's presence on Facebook, Instagram, and other social media channels

  • Manages occasional paid social media ads to drive membership drives and promote events

  • Takes high resolution images at events for use in social media channels and by Content & Communications Manager

  • If not present at events, works with Photography Manager to ensure all WCA events are documented accordingly

Needed: Exhibitions Manager

  • Carries out planning and budgeting for exhibits

  • Works with Co-Presidents to secure venues

  • Coordinates logistics and installation on location

  • Manages calls for entries for juried shows

  • Works closely with Events, Social Media, Content & Communications, Website, Blog, and Photography Managers to generate promotional content prior to event, and ensure event is properly documented

Needed: Education Manager

  • Presents, budgets, and develops ideas for educational opportunities for membership that broadly represent the clay arts across the state

  • Helps grow and manage a volunteer committee for educational opportunities

  • Works with Co-Presidents to secure venues

  • Contacts visiting artists and manages contracts

  • Coordinates budget matters with Treasurer

  • Works closely with Events, Social Media, Content & Communications, Website, Blog, and Photography Managers to generate promotional content prior to event, and ensure event is properly documented

Needed: Blog Manager

  • Works with Co-Presidents to develop a content strategy for the WCA blog

  • Based on content strategy, plans and implements an editorial calendar

  • Works closely with Content & Communications Manager to promote blog content in Newsletter

  • Works closely with Events, Social Media, Education, and Exhibit Managers to generate blog content related to upcoming events and/or recaps

  • Promotes and coordinates writing opportunities for general membership

  • Manages guest writers


Board Member’s Job Description and Responsibilities

Term of Office: Unless a Director dies, resigns or is removed, office is held for a term of one year. A Director may be reelected as many times as they are able to serve.

Compensation: The Directors receive no compensation for their service as Directors, but are entitled to reimbursement for expenditures incurred on behalf of the organization.

Officers: The officers of the organization are the Co-Presidents, Secretary and Treasurer, each of whom is appointed by the Board. Other officers and assistant officers may be appointed by the Board as necessary. The length of term of officers is one year, and a Director may serve as many consecutive terms as he/she is elected to serve.

Time Commitment: The Board holds regular meetings at a minimum of five times a year , scheduled at the discretion and convenience of all Directors. In addition, board members may take on specific tasks and projects, such as serving on committees and attending association events. In total, Board Members should expect to spend an average of no more than five to ten hours per month on official responsibilities. Financial Contribution: Members of the Board are not required to give or solicit a specific dollar amount to the organization’s annual fundraising efforts. However, Board Members may be asked to assist in fundraising efforts.

Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Organizing events and programs for members.

  • Keeping members informed of clay events through an updated website and newsletter.

  • Planning for the organization’s long-term growth.·

  • Overseeing the organization’s finances and the approval of an annual budget.

  • Engaging other members of the community with the organization.

  • Suggest possible nominees for election to the Board, who can make significant contributions to the work of the Board and the organization.

  • Engaging other members of the community with the organization.

  • Suggest possible nominees for election to the Board, who can make significant contributions to the work of the Board and the organization.

  • Head Committees as determined by the Board and manage volunteers. Committees must be headed by a Board Member, but all members of the organization are eligible to participate in a committee as volunteers.